“The average homosexual, if there be such, is promiscuous,” Wallace said in the piece. “He is not interested or capable of a lasting relationship like that of a heterosexual marriage. His sex life, his love life, consists of a series of one-chance encounters at the clubs and bars he inhabits. And even on the streets of the city—the pick-up, the one night stand, these are characteristics of the homosexual relationship.” Mike Wallace, of 60 Minutes fame, in 1967
The legendary television interviewer, Mike Wallace, died a couple of days ago at 93. To his credit, he came to regret this CBS report of his in 1992.
As a fan of 60 Minutes, and one who got to see Mike Wallace in action for many years, I have nothing to hold against him. It is where a man is going, not where he has been, that matters to me.
That said … ouch! What an embarrassing episode for one to have to revisit.
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